JAKARTA, 21 January 2014 – Secretary-General of the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS), H.E. Shigeo Iwatani, today called on Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh.

During their meeting, Secretary-General Iwatani expressed his interest in exploring possible cooperation between the TCS and the ASEAN Secretariat in areas such as finance, trade, investment and people-to-people exchanges. He was also keen to learn from the ASEAN Secretariat in coordinating regional cooperation among ASEAN Member States. Mr Iwatani further stated that the TCS would be also interested in supporting ASEAN Plus Three cooperation.

SG Minh acknowledged the commitment and intention of the TCS to enhance relations with the ASEAN Secretariat as well as to support the ASEAN Plus Three cooperation. He further underscored that such collaborative activities should be focused on contributing to the implementation of the measures under the APT Cooperation Work Plan 2013 – 2017 and other existing APT frameworks.